During the four seasons the U.S. was at war in World War II (1942-1945), 533 players made their major-league debuts. There were 67 first-time major leaguers under the age of 21 (Joe Nuxhall the youngest at 15 in 1944). More than 60 percent of the players in the 1941 Opening Day lineups departed for the service. The 1944 Dodgers had only Dixie Walker and Mickey Owen as the two regulars from their 1941 pennant-winning team.
The owners brought in not only first-timers but also many oldsters. Hod Lisenbee pitched 80 innings for the Reds in 1945 at the age of 46. He had last pitched in the major leagues in 1936. War veteran and former POW Bert Shepard, with an artificial leg, pitched in one game for the 1945 Senators, and one-armed outfielder Pete Gray played for the St. Louis Browns.
The war years featured firsts and lasts. The St. Louis Browns won their first (and last) pennant in 1944 — a feat made more amazing by the fact that they had not finished in the first division since 1929. The 1944 team featured 13 players classified as 4-F. The Chicago Cubs appeared in the 1945 World Series but have not made it back since.
Some 53 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) have contributed to this volume. We invite you to sit back and relax as you learn Who's on First?
Includes contributions by: Alan Cohen, Ashlie Christian And Armand Peterson, Bill Nowlin, Bob Brady, Bob Lemoine, Bob Mayer, Bob Webster, Charles Faber, Charlie Weatherby, Chris Rainey, Cort Vitty, David Finoli, David M. Jordan, David Raglin And Barb Mantegani, David W. Pugh, Don Zminda, Duke Goldman, Greg Erion, Gregg Omoth, Gregory H. Wolf, J. G. Preston, James D. Smith, Iii, Jay Hurd, Jeff Marlett, Jeff Obermeyer, Jim Sweetman, Joanne Hulbert, John Shannahan, Leslie Heaphy, Lyle Spatz, Marc Lancaster, Marc Z Aaron, Mark S. Sternman, Mel Marmer, Merrie A. Fidler, Michael Huber, Michael Huber And Rachel Hamelers, Mike Mcclary, Peter C. Bjarkman, Rex Hamann, Rich Bogovich, Richard Cuicchi, Richard Moraski, Rory Costello And Lou Hernández, Seamus Kearney, Sidney Davis, Steve Smith, Thomas Ayers, Tom Hawthorn, Walter Leconte
Table of Contents:
Introduction MARC Z AARON
The Business of Baseball During World War II JEFF OBERMEYER
“But Where is Pearl Harbor?” Baseball and the Day the World Changed, December 7, 1941 BOB LEMOINE
The Tri-Cornered War Bond Baseball Game MICHAEL HUBER AND RACHEL HAMELERS
How the Boston Braves Survived the War But Lost the Battle for Boston BOB BRADY
Ben Cardoni BY MARK S. STERNMAN
Buck Etchison BY ALAN COHEN
Butch Nieman BY SIDNEY DAVIS
Mystery Member of the ‘45 Braves BOB BRADY
The Brooklyn Dodgers in Wartime MICHAEL HUBER
John “Fats” D’Antonio RICHARD CUICCHI
Bill Hart BOB LEMOINE
Lee Pfund BOB WEBSTER
The Cubs in Wartime THOMAS AYERS
Jorge Comellas RICH BOGOVICH
Billy Holm BILL NOWLIN
Walter Signer GREGORY H. WOLF
The Cincinnati Reds During World War II JAY HURD
Tomás de la Cruz PETER C. BJARKMAN
Buck Fausett J. G. PRESTON
Dick Sipek CHARLES FABER
New York Giants
The New York Giants in Wartime BOB MAYER
Al Gardella CHARLIE WEATHERBY
Frank Seward JEFF MARLETT
Roy Zimmerman JOANNE HULBERT
The Phillies in Wartime SEAMUS KEARNEY
Chet Covington STEVE SMITH
Hilly Flitcraft JIM SWEETMAN
Lee Riley MEL MARMER
The Pirates in Wartime DAVID FINOLI
Xavier Rescigno DAVID FINOLI
Len Gilmore DAVID FINOLI
Frankie Zak DAVID FINOLI
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals in Wartime GREGORY H. WOLF
Jack Creel GREGORY H. WOLF
Gene Crumling GREGORY H. WOLF
Bob Keely GREGORY H. WOLF
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox in Wartime BILL NOWLIN
Otey Clark BILL NOWLIN
Ty LaForest BILL NOWLIN
Stan Partenheimer JOHN SHANNAHAN
The Frostbite League: Spring Training 1943 - 1945 BILL NOWLIN
The 1944 Red Sox: What Could Have Been DUKE GOLDMAN
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox in Wartime DON ZMINDA
Vince Castino DAVID RAGLIN AND BARB MANTEGANI
Guy Curtright DON ZMINDA
Floyd Speer REX HAMANN
World War II and the Cleveland Indians DAVID W. PUGH
Otto Denning CHRIS RAINEY
Jim McDonnell ASHLIE CHRISTIAN AND ARMAND PETERSON
Mickey Rocco GREGG OMOTH
The Tigers in Wartime MIKE MCCLARY
Chuck Hostetler MARC LANCASTER
Bobby Maier MARC LANCASTER
Charlie Metro TOM HAWTHORN
New York Yankees
The Yankees in Wartime MARC Z AARON
Joe Buzas MARC Z AARON
Mike Garbark MARC Z AARON
Bud Metheny MARC Z AARON
The Wartime Philadelphia Athletics DAVID M. JORDAN
Orie Arntzen GREGORY H. WOLF
Jim Tyack ALAN COHEN
Woody Wheaton ALAN COHEN
St. Louis Browns
The St. Louis Browns in World War II GREG ERION
Milt Byrnes GREG ERION
Charley Fuchs GREG ERION
Pete Gray MEL MARMER
The Washington Senators in Wartime RICHARD MORASKI
Ed Butka CORT VITTY
Jug Thesenga BOB LEMOINE
Tony Zardón RORY COSTELLO AND LOU HERNÁNDEZ
Senators Who Died in Combat RICHARD MORASKI
The All-Star Games in the War Years LYLE SPATZ
Wartime Baseball: Minor Leagues, Major Changes (San Diego to Buffalo) JAMES D. SMITH, III
Impact of WWII on the Negro Leagues LESLIE HEAPHY
Baseball’s Women on the Field During WWII MERRIE A. FIDLER
In-season Exhibition Games During Wartime WALTER LECONTE
The Double Victory Campaign and the Campaign to Integrate Baseball DUKE GOLDMAN
Doug Glanville, a former major league outfielder and Ivy League graduate, draws on his nine seasons in the big leagues to reveal the human side of the game and of the men who play it.
In The Game from Where I Stand, Glanville shows us how players prepare for games, deal with race and family issues, cope with streaks and slumps, respond to trades and injuries, and learn the joyful and painful lessons the game imparts. We see the flashpoints that cause misunderstandings and friction between players, and the imaginative ways they work to find common ground. And Glanville tells us with insight and humor what he learned from Jimmy Rollins, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling, and other legendary and controversial stars.
In his professional career, Glanville experienced every aspect of being a player—the first-round pick, the prospect, the disappointment, the can't-miss, the cornerstone, the veteran, the traded, the injured, the comeback kid. His eye-opening book gives fans a new level of understanding of day-to-day life in the big leagues.
Eclipsing the traditional sports memoir, House of Nails, by former world champion, multimillionaire entrepreneur, and imprisoned felon Lenny Dykstra, spins a tragicomic tale of Shakespearean proportions -- a relentlessly entertaining American epic that careens between the heights and the abyss.
Nicknamed "Nails" for his hustle and grit, Lenny approached the game of baseball -- and life -- with mythic intensity. During his decade in the majors as a center fielder for the legendary 1980s Mets and the 1990s Phillies, he was named to three All-Star teams and played in two of the most memorable World Series of the modern era. An overachiever known for his clutch hits, high on-base percentage, and aggressive defense, Lenny was later identified by his former minor-league roommate Billy Beane as the prototypical "Moneyball" player in Michael Lewis's bestseller. Tobacco-stained, steroid-powered, and booze-and-drug-fueled, Nails also defined a notorious era of excess in baseball.
Then came a second act no novelist could plausibly conjure: After retiring, Dykstra became a celebrated business mogul and investment guru. Touted as "one of the great ones" by CNBC's Jim Cramer, he became "baseball's most improbable post-career success story" (The New Yorker), purchasing a $17.5-million mansion and traveling the world by private jet. But when the economy imploded in 2008, Lenny lost everything. Then the feds moved in: convicted of bankruptcy fraud (unjustly, he contends), Lenny served two and a half harrowing years in prison, where he was the victim of a savage beating by prison guards that knocked out his front teeth.
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, channeling the bewildered fascination of many observers, declared that Lenny's outrageous rise and spectactular fall was "the greatest story that I have ever seen in my lifetime."
Now, for the first time, Lenny tells all about his tumultuous career, from battling through crippling pain to steroid use and drug addiction, to a life of indulgence and excess, then, an epic plunge and the long road back to redemption. Was Lenny's hard-charging, risk-it-all nature responsible for his success in baseball and business and his precipitous fall from grace? What lessons, if any, has he learned now that he has had time to think and reflect?
Hilarious, unflinchingly honest, and irresistibly readable, House of Nails makes no apologies and leaves nothing left unsaid.
Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroid Scandal That Rocked Professional by award-winning investigative journalists Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, is a riveting narrative about the biggest doping scandal in the history of sports, and how baseball’s home run king, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants, came to use steroids. Drawing on more than two years of reporting, including interviews with hundreds of people, and exclusive access to secret grand jury testimony, confidential documents, audio recordings, and more, the authors provide, for the first time, a definitive account of the shocking steroids scandal that made headlines across the country.
The book traces the career of Victor Conte, founder of the BALCO laboratory, an egomaniacal former rock musician and self-proclaimed nutritionist, who set out to corrupt sports by providing athletes with “designer” steroids that would be undetectable on “state-of-the-art” doping tests. Conte gave the undetectable drugs to 28 of the world’s greatest athletes—Olympians, NFL players and baseball stars, Bonds chief among them.
A separate narrative thread details the steroids use of Bonds, an immensely talented, moody player who turned to performance-enhancing drugs after Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals set a new home run record in 1998. Through his personal trainer, Bonds gained access to BALCO drugs. All of the great athletes who visited BALCO benefited tremendously—Bonds broke McGwire’s record—but many had their careers disrupted after federal investigators raided BALCO and indicted Conte. The authors trace the course of the probe, and the baffling decision of federal prosecutors to protect the elite athletes who were involved.
Highlights of Game of Shadows include: